A drive or walk through almost any residential neighborhood in the United States re­veals a number of commonalities among the houses and sites surrounding them. What is usually seen (Figure 1—1) is a one – or two-story house surrounded by an expanse of lawn and various plantings. Regardless of the size of the site, the house is usually placed near the middle of the site, thus creating front yards and backyards of similar sizes and narrow side yards.

Подпись: Figure 1-1 The typical residential site.

The front yard is most often thought of as a public setting for the house. A lawn, often manicured to create a lush green carpet, occupies most of this area with a driveway situated along one side of the site. In arid areas of the country, the lawn

area may be replaced with gravel or decomposed granite...


The Typical Residential Site


Those who deal with the design and development of residential landscapes are con­cerned with three important and unique aspects of each project: (1) the client, (2) the site, and (3) the home. No two clients, no two sites, and no two homes are the same. Each client has his or her own set of attributes, desires, wishes, lifestyles, and so on, that makes each client special. Likewise, each site is distinctive from the next because of topography, views, vegetation, surrounding site conditions, and so on. In addition, each home is characteristically different because of such details as its architectural character, floor plans, decorations, furniture, and accessories.

The site surrounding a residence is a most important environment...


Philosophical Framework

CHAPTER 1 The Typical Residential Site CHAPTER 2 Outdoor Rooms
CHAPTER 3 Sustainable Design

This section of the book offers a philosophical framework for residential site design. There are numerous approaches and theories to residential site design that range from minimal site development to the elaborate garden settings that are oases from the bustle of urban and suburban living. Further, some design approaches stress plant materials and the gar­dening aspect of a residential site, whereas others emphasize a sought-after lifestyle.

Within that array of possibilities, it is the underlying notion of this book that sound residential site design is based on a respect for the environment and the need to create outdoor living spaces that extend a client’s lifestyle into the exterior environment...



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American single-family homes

The site that adjoins most American single-family homes is a principal component of the residential environment. It is frequently larger in area than the house itself and is more visible to the public than the interior of the house. The landscape surrounding a residence is more than just a piece of land. It is frequently the setting for varied family activities, gardening, and enjoying moments in the outdoors. For many families, the residential site is integral to their lifestyle and family history. It is often the location for large family gatherings, special events, or memorable times entertaining family and friends. The site is also a habitat for wildlife and place to interact with nature...